MULLENS, W.Va. – Production is underway for new signage declaring the Dogwood City of Mullens as the Gateway to the Guyandotte, made possible by the work of the late Dvon Duncan.
“Dvon Duncan was an asset to Mullens and the entire area. Shortly before she passed, we were working on a signage grant through Coal Heritage for the City of Mullens,” said Mullens Commissioner Nathan England, Sr. “She was a genius grant-writer, and with most all grants she wrote, it was approved. If anyone has done this work before the grant writing process is a “hurry up and wait” situation. But, the ball is rolling in our favor finally.”
According to England, the signs are in production, and will hopefully be installed in the spring. Standing 4 feet tall and 12 feet long, they will be installed (upon DOH complete approval) on both ends of Mullens, and one at the bottom of the exit of the Coalfield Expressway.
“The signs will be installed with rock beds surrounding them, and will be a beautiful asset to the community,” said England. “In conjunction with this, my fellow Commissioner Willie Catron has obtained some of the best ink pens you will ever use to go hand in hand with the signage. Ink pens will be available upon request, and I’ll be handing them out to most anyone I see until they run out.”
England praised the community and its supporters, as well as Senator Sue Cline for her work in Duncan’s recent Bridge Dedication.
“Everything is a process, and I can assure you everyone at City Hall and everyone affiliated with the city works as hard as they can for the place they love,” said England.